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A different take on Ralph Ellison's "..to think live with your head in the lion's mouth.
When yanking your head out of the mouth of a lion

defiance is measured in time.

Treasured by tyrants, economic liaisons.

Desires to buy a triage of mirages

to comfort thy lodging time.

Back to rocking in all forms.

Long gone, racing the winds on Saturn

in Africa, upset I can't be called Flash.

Gimel or trash and that's that.

When yanking your head out of the mouth of a lion

you remember chickens that were sacrificed

in your honor and aren't shocked when

Boondocks' cartoons remind you to.

Guilt trips aren't behind you

because your fasting is.

You remember that today you ate very  little meat

and feel great as comets pass. Temperatures of

later dates appear pompous in catalogs and show

off. Rain sprinkles tears. So honored that you noticed.

You feel atrocious yet rarely show it.

When yanking your head out of the mouth of a lion

the veterinarian you never became is always trying to

sedate the poet with animal planet documentaries,

competing with National treasures while you write

ledgers,  quite comfortably engaged.

Life has gotten quite ironic because you can finally say

your inventory has credible sonnets in circles that find

yours hilarious.  Absent of correct syllabic timing.

You use run on sentences to show off phonics and

jester for harmony. Style and form are becoming

these secondary treats to dine on.

When yanking your head out of the mouth of a lion.

*"When I write  I am trying to make sense out of chaos.  To think,

live with your head in the lion's mouth". - Ralph Ellison.

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